Bits: 15% off BA Manchester CityFlyer CE services, Amex Plat & Boingo wifi, Aeroflot moves Gatwick service

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15% off BA CityFlyer flights in Business from Manchester

Until 25th January, British Airways is offering 15% off all of its weekend BA CityFlyer services from Manchester in Club Europe.

You need to use code BAMAN15 on ba.com.

There is a snag of course.  These flights are all 2 x 2 seating on Embraer 190 aircraft, so you don’t get an empty middle seat in Club Europe.  You do get a decent meal, lounge access and fast track.  The two services you may want to focus on are Malaga and Mykonos which are 160 tier points return and good if you are chasing status.

These are the services, which generally start in late May and run until either the end of September or end of October.

Manchester – Dublin

  • Outbound 09.55 – Sunday
  • Inbound 22.20 –  Friday

Manchester – Florence

  • Outbound 19.25 – 23.00 Saturday
  • Inbound 17.10 – 18.45 Saturday

Manchester – Alicante

  • Outbound 05.50 – 09.40 Saturday
  • Inbound 10.25 – 12.20 Saturday

Manchester – London City

  • Outbound 19.55 – 20.55 Sundays
  • Inbound 19.40 – 20.40 Thursday

Manchester – Ibiza 

  • Outbound 21.25 – 01.15 +1  Thursday
  • Outbound 20.25 – 00.15 +1  Friday
  • Outbound 19.30 – 23.20 Saturday
  • Outbound 12.50 – 16.40 Sunday
  • Outbound 14.45 – 18.35 Sunday
  • Inbound 01.55 – 03.40 Friday
  • Inbound 00.55 – 02.40 Saturday
  • Inbound 10.45 – 12.30 Saturday
  • Inbound 00.05 – 01.50 Sundays
  • Inbound 17.25 – 19.10 Sundays

Manchester – Malaga

  • Outbound 05.40 – 09.40 Friday
  • Outbound 06.00 – 10.00 Saturday
  • Inbound 10.20 – 12.30 Friday
  • Inbound 10.45 – 12.50 Saturday

Manchester – Mykonos 

  • Outbound 14.15 – 20.15  Saturday
  • Inbound 21.00 – 23.10  Saturday

Manchester – Palma 

  • Outbound 13.15 – 17.00 Friday
  • Outbound 05.55 – 09.40 Sunday
  • Inbound 17.55 – 19.40 Friday
  • Inbound 10.20 –  12.10 Sunday

Manchester – Nice

  • Outbound 13.15 – 16.35 Saturday
  • Inbound 17.20 – 18.45 Saturday

American Express Platinum and Boingo wi-fi

One of the least discussed benefits of the American Express Platinum card is Boingo wi-fi.  It gives you access to 1 million wi-fi hot spots globally.

My original article on Boingo from 2014 is here.

The problem with this benefit is that Amex continually publishes termination dates for the deal, but it keeps getting extended.  I actually thought it was finally dead until I saw it promoted again on the Platinum website last week.

It currently shows as ending on 31st August 2018.  I would take this with a pinch of salt, but at the very worst Amex Platinum cardholders can get themselves another seven months of worldwide roaming wi-fi.

You can register your Platinum card with Boingo at this website.

Aeroflot moves its Gatwick service to Heathrow

Russian airline Aeroflot is closing its London Gatwick service, launched in 2016.  From the start of the Summer timetable on 25th March, it will add a 5th daily Heathrow frequency instead, departing at 17.15 to Moscow Sheremetyevo.  It isn’t clear where Aeroflot obtained the Heathrow slots.

If you are heading to Moscow, note that Aeroflot often runs an Airbus A330 on its 13.30 departure from Heathrow.  This has angled lie-flat seating. British Airways often uses a long-haul plane on one daily departure although this tends to change on a regular basis – others tend to use the old ex-BMI A321 aircraft which do have lie-flat seats.

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Comments

  1. Graham Walsh says:

    I’ve found he WiFi very useful at various airports where they charge or means I can get premium access and carry on with working doing video calls.

  2. It’s a shame there isn’t any back to back chances from MAN with the code! Would be a decent day out otherwise.

  3. Been out of touch during the week but are we still expecting some news from Amex?

  4. OT, how long has the £200 amex travel credit been taking to post to account? Its been 7 days here and no credit as yet, need to cancel my platinum before Tues!

  5. Sorry this has probably been covered before but can you tell me if Platinum amex holders can refer themselves for BAPP card and pocket 18k membership reward referral bonus? I know it says ‘ refer friends and family’. Thanks!

    • Andrew M says:

      Put it this way. It doesn’t hurt to try – I have given it a go, and I have no regrets over the outcome!

      • I think there is enough to fill an article here.

        Everything has changed so much, I have no idea which card I should use to refer to which card. For example it sounds like if you have a free blue BA card and a platinum charge card and you are referring someone for the BAPP card, you should use the platinum charge card. I bet many people would use the BA card instead.

        Anyway – just an idea.

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